A Newry Café owner is looking to build on positive public opinion by launching the world’s first ‘Hug a Syrian Refugee’ Coffee room. Customers will pay an hourly fee to drink a cup of coffee and sit with one of the Café’s ten Syrian refugees.
Newry Spud spoke to Café owner Lianne McCooey:
“All of our refugees are really very friendly and sociable they love strokes and even hugs. It’s perfect for people who love Syrian refugees but don’t have the time or the right living conditions to adopt a refugee of their own.
“We’re also putting in a climbing area, including an eight-foot concrete wall and a barbed wire fence, so the customers can watch the refugees in their natural environment.”
McCooey confirmed that, for health and safety reasons, the refugees would not have access to the food preparation areas, and customers would be encouraged to use hand sanitiser after stroking them.
We asked Ms McCooey if this doesn’t work out what happens with the refugees, she told Newry Spud:
“We could always throw the fuckers out and replace them with kittens.”